Sept. 24, 2012
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Cincinnati (2-0) vs. No. 25 Virginia Tech (3-1)
September 29, 2012 • 3:30 p.m. ET • ESPNU • 102.7 WEBN FM
Landover, Md. • FedEx Field (85,000)
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Football In Nation's Capital To Face Virginia Tech
The University of Cincinnati football team and Virginia Tech will kick off the Virginia 529 College Savings Classic Saturday from FedEx Field in Landover, Md. UC is 2-0 and coming off its second bye week in the first four weeks of the season. UC has a BIG EAST Conference victory over Pittsburgh and a win over Delaware State under its belt in 2012. Virginia Tech is 3-1 on the season, coming off a 37-0 win at home over Bowling Green Saturday that saw the Hokies rush for a season-high 246 yards. The game marks the Bearcats' initial visit to FedExField, while it will be the third trip for Virginia Tech, joining a 2004 contest with Southern California and a 2012 matchup with Boise State.
UC and Virginia Tech have met nine times on the gridiron with the Hokies holding a 5-4 advantage in the all-time series after winning the past two contests. The series in neutral site games is tied at one win apiece. The two squads last met in the 2009 FedEx Orange Bowl with Virginia Tech earning a 20-7 win.
Butch Jones, the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year, enters his third season with the University of Cincinnati program and his sixth as a collegiate head coach with a career record of 43-24. He has won three conference championships (2007, 2009 at Central Michigan, 2011 at Cincinnati).
FRANK BEAMER is in his 26th year as the head football coach at Tech and 32nd overall. Beamer has guided the Hokies to a 212-99-2 record and sits with an overall record of 254-122-4.He is the winningest active coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
COACH TO CURE MD
The UC coaching staff will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.
STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS
- The University of Cincinnati football team, under the direction of third-year head coach Butch Jones is playing its 125th season of football in 2012.
- The Bearcats program dates to 1885 and ranks as one of the 10 oldest in major college football and following a 10-3 campaign in 2011, holds an all-time mark of 563-553-51.
- UC has won three of the past four BIG EAST Championships and has played in a bowl game in five of the past six seasons.
- Jones, the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year, enters his third season with the Bearcats program and his sixth as a collegiate head coach.
- The Bearcats have won 57 games over the last seven years, the most among current members of the Big East.
- UC returns 13 starters and 43 letterwinners from the 2011 squad that won its third BIG EAST Conference title in four years and replaced seven offensive starters and four defensive starters in the lead up to the 2012 season.
- UC has won 22 straight home non-conference games at Nippert Stadium, dating back to a 30-24 win over Temple in three overtimes on Sept. 20, 2003.
- The Bearcats have won five consecutive games dating back to last season. It marks UC's longest win streak since winning six consecutive games during last season (Sept. 17 - Nov. 5).
- UC has outscored its opponent 27-0 in the first quarter and 37-0 in the first half this season at Nippert Stadium.
- Over the past three games, going back to the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, the Bearcats have rushed for more than 200-yards as a team and had an individual 100-yard rusher (Isaiah Pead, Munchie Legaux, George Winn).
- The Bearcats, coming off their second bye week of the season, will play 10 consecutive games to end the regular season, including five at historic Nippert Stadium.